Formula E: Proof that Batteries Can Be Fun

A lack of exhaust noise won't mean a lack of great racing.

Starting its inaugural season this September, Formula E will bring a whole new concept to the table - a fully-electric racing series. It was only a matter of time before electric race cars appeared, because (and let's be honest here), EVs are the future, and it would behoove humanity to make EVs appear exciting before they're forced upon us all. And if there's one thing we can guarantee about the Formula E series, it's excitement.

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Recall Roundup: Ford-ing the River

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

The biggest recall of the week involves the 2013-2014 Ford Focus ST and the 2013-2014 Ford Escape-as a matter of fact, all four recalls are from Ford this week. The Focus ST and the Escape share the same engine, so they're sharing the recall, as well. Apparently, a bad wiring harness can screw around with the electronic signals being sent along its wires; when this happens, the car might start stalling out, and power delivery will be hamstrung.

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The IIHS Top Safety Pick+: How to Earn it, and What it Means

It's not just IIHS execs throwing darts at a spreadsheet.

One rite of passage for any new car on the market is being smashed into pieces by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Some time later, the IIHS will announce how the car did in those tests, and if it's a lucky one, it will walk away with a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation. Sure, you know it's a safe car from the name of the award, but do you really know what they do, and why it matters so much? Well, we'll tell you.

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2 Years After Stringent MPG Standards, We're Not Even Close

The road to 54.5 mpg is paved with good intentions.

Two years ago today, NHTSA and the EPA announced new fuel efficiency standards that will bring the average miles-per-gallon of new cars to 54.5 by 2025. Undoubtedly auto manufacturers will have to make serious leaps forward in technology over the next decade to come anywhere close.

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Recalls 101

A stress-free guide to navigating an auto recall.

While modern cars are being built with cutting edge technology, they're still not infallible - as evidenced by the boatload of recalls occurring this summer. Recalls may be a nightmare for manufacturers but they don't have to be for owners. Here is a stress-free guide to navigating a recall should this happen to your vehicle.

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Recall Roundup: GM, Morgan, Ford, and Land Rover

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

When your power steering fails, it's going to be harder - but not impossible - to keep your vehicle pointed in the right direction. If you own one of roughly 57,000 recently-recalled 2014 Chevrolet Malibus, you might want to get ready to put forth some extra effort. According to GM, a poor electrical connection might cause the power steering control module to cut power steering while driving.

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